A loan of $1,175 helped to buy ingredients.

Alicia Monserrate's story

The San Vicente Credit Group meets every fifteen days in Picoaza parish of the city of Portoviejo. This is a place known for its trade, traditional San Pedro and San Pablo festivals, and happy inhabitants.

Alicia lives here. She is 35 years old, and is a single mother to her 13-year-old daughter, who studies at secondary school. She lives with her parents.

Alicia works in a local school as a teacher, and with her father, she is in charge of the snack bar, which sells sandwiches, natural fruit juices, and other healthy snacks for the children who attend this education center. At home, she also works selling phone cards and credit. She has worked in this for seven years, and thanks to it, she managed to complete her teaching degree and can now support her daughter.

She will use this loan to buy the ingredients she needs to prepare the food she sells. She has been a member of the Credit Group for ten years, and she likes it because thanks to the loans she received, she set up her business. Her dream is to offer her daughter the best of everything.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel

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